Kim Stafford: Alaska Poems in Place

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Totem Bight State Park A year before my father, the poet William Stafford, died in 1993, two enterprising Forest Rangers from the North Cascades in Washington State wrote and asked if he would furnish some poems for a wild idea they had: Poetry Road Signs. “When you pull off a mountain road,” one said, “it’s fine if a sign there … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Our initial elation at Monday’s news that the months-long prioritization process at UAA has determined that the university should invest more resources in arts, languages, and humanities was quickly overshadowed by their conclusion that the Alaska Quarterly Review is one of the non-academic programs needing “further review, consideration for reduction or phase out.” Say it ain’t so! Over the last … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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This is your final reminder that the deadline to submit a short memoir piece to the 49 Writers Anchorage Remembers centennial anthology is June 30—click here for more information and to submit. We know there are many fascinating stories out there to share and this is a chance to see yours in print! It’s always a pleasure to round off the week by sharing … Read More

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Thank you to author and columnist Elise Patkotak, who closed our spring Reading & Craft Talk last night at Great Harvest Bread Company by sharing her wit, wisdom—and serious side, as well as talking about her experiences with self-publishing. Thank you too to the couple dozen people who forsook the sunny spring evening outisde to support our author! Once again, … Read More

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There’s still time to register for Christine Byl’s workshop tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 15, 9am-1pm, “Lyric Tinkering: The Poem as a Tool for Prose Writers. Click here for more details and to register. In this class, you’ll explore the poem not as a final product but as a process and a tool, one that can sharpen, hone, and incite prose work. … Read More

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What a week it has been! Multiple literary events to launch our spring season and a multitude of literary friends turning out for classes and author readings. It feels so good to reconnect with our community. First thanks go to the warm and wonderful Camille Dungy for her excellent poetry class, “How to Write a Poem: Make a List.” We … Read More

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This week saw the last of our 2014 Resolve to Write gatherings and the first get-together of 49 Writers members and other writers in Mat-Su. Members from Houston, Wasilla, Chickaloon, and Palmer gathered at the welcoming home of Debra McKinney and Paul Morley for an informal potluck and to share of the joys and challenges of the writing life. We … Read More

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Lael Morgan and Deb Vanasse share publishing advice What a wonderful turnout at last night’s Resolve to Write event in Anchorage, despite the dodgy weather. It was a pleasure to meet so many new members–membership has been growing in leaps and bounds with 14 new members since the first of the year (more than half in Southeast Alaska). Publishing veterans … Read More